Italy


It’s from the Veneto and it’s made from dried grapes – the same varieties used for Valpolicella. However, for reasons of geography (I think), it can’t be labelled Amarone… Amicone Veneto Rosso 2013, Italy (£9.99 Amazon) Full, hearty wine with an almondy perfume alongside the soft, warm cherry and kirsch […]

Amicone Veneto Rosso 2013, Italy


Feudo di Santa Tresa Rina Ianca Grillo/Viognier 2016, Sicily, Italy (£8.99-£9.99 Adnams, Vintage Roots, Ocado, Stainton Wines, Budgens) Very attractive wine with the nutty, heady floral peaches and cream of Viognier balanced by the perkier textured wet walnut of Grillo, quite rich, even naughty and voluptuous, but then has a […]

Feudo di Santa Tresa Rina Ianca Grillo/Viognier 2016, Sicily, Italy


Young but Yum! Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2012, Tuscany, Italy (£30-£35 Fine & Rare Wines, Tannico) Starts off tight, oaky and tannic, intense but almost impenetrable. Then with time the fruit emerges: gorgeous voluptuous, cherry, berry and ripe blackcurrant, with a touch of herbs and even a hint of […]

Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2012




Romaeus Rosso 2014, Lazio, Italy (£10.99 Laithwaites) There’s a light floral perfume and gentle dark fruit, but there’s also an OTT vanilla character which gives an impression of sweetness and overall it’s just too simple for class. C Renato Ratti Ochetti Nebbiolo d’Alba 2014, Piedmont, Italy (£18.49 Italian Continental Stores, […]

Three Italian Reds


Castèllo Solicchìata 2011, Sicilia, Italy (£22 Laithwaites) Slightly rustic volatile aroma initially but this diminishes with time to show Morello cherry and blackcurrant flavours pepped up with hints of tar and leafy tobacco. Fresh finish, but there’s a slightly dry, raisinny feel, as if some of the grape were a […]

Castèllo Solicchìata 2011, Sicilia, Italy